Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Battery Whiting, Beavertail Lighthouse

Our family enjoys activities that combine nature and history (well, the grown-ups do and plan to indoctrinate the little ones as they grow). Beavertail does just that. If you take the time to walk further up from the lighthouse you find Battery Whiting. There are 2 partially buried "buildings" and the spots where giant guns used to sit.

Please forgive my non-technical terms. I have very little military knowledge.

Sadly, these buildings have been blocked up. I understand the decision but as a historian I sure hate to see it.

Battery Whiting was built during World War II to guard the entrance into Narragansett Bay and the Naval base at Newport. Go here, or here, or here if you want to read more detailed information, including pictures.

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